Maine Governor LePage: Most Drug Dealers Arrested Are Black, Hispanic

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage is in hot water once again for comments about drug dealers arrested in the state, saying photos he's collected show more than 90 percent of them are black or Hispanic and from out of state.

The Portland Press Herald reports the Republican governor made the reference Wednesday at a town hall in North Berwick. A businessman asked how he could bring a company to Maine, "given the rhetoric you put out there about people of color."

LePage says he keeps a three-ringed binder of photos from drug busts and most "are black and Hispanic people from Waterbury, Connecticut; the Bronx; and Brooklyn."

Some called his comments racially charged. LePage, who's white, says he's not racist.

In January, LePage said drug dealers with names like "D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty" are getting Maine's white girls pregnant.

The ACLU of Maine tells WCSH that their data doesn't match LePage's, and that they "look forward to working with the governor to end any unconstitutional racial profiling that may be occurring."

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